Human Dimensions Program

The role of the FRDC's Human Dimensions Program is to inform responses to social and economic challenges facing fisheries and aquaculture by facilitating targeted and appropriate social science and economics RD&E.  To achieve this, the Program aims to maintain awareness of the need for, and improve the use of, social science and economics research, as well as to enable such research to be better integrated with traditional fisheries science research.

Broadly, the role of the Human Dimensions Program is to undertake the following activities:

a) Liaise with industry, government and researchers to clarify the social and economic components of issues and suggest areas of need;
b) Connect appropriate researchers, members of industry and specific industry sectors and associations, and managers to achieve the above;
c) Promote social sciences and economics research capability and activity, both FRDC-funded and external; and
d) Provide guidance as required to industry and management for activities concerning the social and economic dimension of fisheries and aquaculture.

The Human Dimensions Program continues the work of the Social Sciences Research Coordination Program, which the FRDC initiated in 2009, as well as key post-project activities of the Building Capability in Fisheries Economics initiative (FRDC 2008/306).

Find out more on applying for funding and priorities visit Social and Economics Research page.

Program Objectives

  • Support the FRDC to meet relevant objectives as outlined in its 2015-2020 RD&E Plan as well as other needs arising from FRDC's existing programs and projects.
  • Collaborate with the industry and managing agencies to identify emerging issues in wild harvest, aquaculture, post harvest, recreational and indigenous fishery sectors and the associated key social science and economics information needs.
  • Co-ordinate and undertake the communication of key social science and economic research needs to the research community and research outcomes of the Program to fishers and management agencies.
  • Provide management for social science and economics projects to ensure quality and relevance by undertaking evaluation and review of project proposals, and milestone and final reports.
  • Build further capability in fisheries social sciences and economics research to meet the needs of the sectors and management agencies in addressing emerging issues in wild harvest, aquaculture, post harvest, recreational and indigenous fisheries.

Program leaders

Dr Emily Ogier is the Program Leader for the Human Dimensions Program. Emily is a social science researcher with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (UTAS) and the Centre for Marine Socioecology in Hobart. She has a back ground in marine governance. Emily has been a continuing member of the Steering Committee of the Social Sciences Research Coordination Program since its inception in 2009. Emily can be contacted as follows: 0438 697 081 (work) or via email at Emily.Ogier@utas.edu.au.

Dr Sarah Jennings coordinates the Economics research activities of the SSERCP. She previously led the FRDC 2008/306 project 'Building economic capability in fisheries economics' and is now a consultant economist to the FRDC and an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics and a member of the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania. Sarah can be contacted by email at Sarah.Jennings@gmail.com.au .

Steering Committee

The Human Dimensions Program Steering Committee was appointed in June 2015. In addition to providing expert advice for the review of social science and economics research project applications, the Steering Committee acts as a reference group for FRABs, other FRDC subprograms, industry associations and management agencies. Members are:

  • Dr Nicki Mazur
  • Dr Sean Pascoe (CSIRO/QUT)
  • Dr Nyree Stenekes / Dr Robert Kancans (ABARES)
  • Ian Curnow (Dept Primary and Fisheries, NT)
  • Dr Sarah Jennings
  • Jo-anne Ruscoe (FRDC)

Contact and Program Manager

Christopher Izzo   M  0419852723